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Disability Studies and Spanish CultureFilms, Novels, the Comic and the Public Exhibition$
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Benjamin Fraser

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318702

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318702.001.0001

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Narrating Childhood Disability

Narrating Childhood Disability

(p.75) Chapter 3 Narrating Childhood Disability
Disability Studies and Spanish Culture

Benjamin Fraser

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores two understudied novels on childhood disability with an emphasis on representation of autonomy, inclusion, rights, family relationships and institutional living. Murcian author Salvador García Jiménez's Angelicomio (1981) portrays multiple children with varying disabilities interned in an institution and focuses on the ways their lives are shaped and limited by institutional control and lack of family support. Catalan author Màrius Serra's autobiographical novel Quieto (2008) portrays his family's shared life with their multiply disabled son Llullu with cerebral palsy who does not speak and who is almost completely dependent on others. Contrast between the two works of prose literature both critiques the medical model of disability in favor of a social model, but explores the nuanced role of medicine itself in extreme cases like Llullu's.

Keywords:   Salvador García Jiménez, Màrius Serra, Angelicomio, Quieto, medical model, social model, prose literature, institutional living, family support, cerebral palsy

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